Miners Bank: Our StoryGeorge Groves, Pres. & CEO

Our Bank

Miners Bank serves the needs of communities throughout Schuylkill and southern Luzerne County through local decision making and active community involvement by employees.  Miners Bank was established in 1935 in Minersville, Pennsylvania.  Once considered a local bank dedicated to serving the coal mining region of east-central Pennsylvania, Miners Bank is now the fastest growing bank in the area.

Miners Bank is steeped in history and the experience of serving the financial needs of generations of individuals and businesses.  Miners Bank has seven locations and four full-service branch locations in Schuylkill County, which are located in Frackville, Gordon, Minersville, Tremont.  Miners Bank also maintains a Loan Production Office in Hazleton. 

Our Employees

Miners Bank seeks the best and brightest candidates who are resourceful team players excelling at building trusting relationships with customers and colleagues, energetic performers with a positive attitude, and professionals whose honesty and integrity provide for effective leadership and business relationships. 

Miners Bank offer a variety of training programs, leadership programs, tuition reimbursement, and promotion opportunities to all employees.  In fact, 100% of newly created and open positions are listed internally.

Miners Bank was recently named one of the 2012 Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania by Best Companies Group.  This state wide recognition program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Pennsylvania, which benefit the economy, workforce, and businesses. The 2012 Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania list is made up of 100 employers.  Miners Bank ranked number 35 on this list! 

“It’s a great honor to be chosen as one of the 2012 Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania.  We work diligently at Miners Bank to ensure that not only the members of our communities and businesses are treated with the best of intentions, but that our employees are as well,” said President and Chief Executive Officer, George H. Groves.

Our Commitment to the Community

Commitment to the community is one of Miners Banks’ core values and a passion for its employees.  By encouraging and supporting employees to engage, either by raising funds or as volunteers in social, environmental, and economic initiatives in the communities they work, Miners believes that they are bringing further benefits to those communities, employees, and to the voluntary and charity organizations they assist and support.

During 2012, the employees and customers of Miners Bank led a fundraising campaign to purchase a vehicle, which is used by the American Cancer Society Road to Recovery Program.  Road to Recovery is an American Cancer Society Program of volunteers who provide transportation for cancer patients. This program is a free service offered to cancer patients who have no means of transportation and are often unable to drive themselves.

"We are pleased to support the mission of the Road to Recovery Program and the American Cancer Society.  This relationship allows us to fulfill a need within our community and to show our care and compassion for the communities we serve," said Jennifer Reiner, Vice President Human Resources.    

During 2011, the employees of Miners Bank and their families welcomed home the 131st Transportation Company, 213th Area Support Group of the Pennsylvania National Guard, in Williamstown, PA.  The 131st Transportation Company returned to Williamstown after a 10 month deployment in Afghanistan. 

The employees of Miners Bank donated a plaque commemorating the 131st Transportation Company and the three soldiers that lost their lives: Sgt. Brian Mowery, of Halifax, Staff Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen, of McKean County, and Sgt. Edward Koehler, of Georgia. 

During January 2013, the male employees and customers of Miners Bank are participating in a No Shave Campaign.  The campaign will raise awareness and funds to benefit the American Cancer Society and Prostate Cancer Research.  The American Cancer Society reports that other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men.  Prostate cancer can be a serious disease, but most men diagnosed with prostate cancer do not die from it.  More than 2.5 million men in the United States who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point are still alive today.  The male employees and customers of Miners Bank will make a donation and let their facial hair grow throughout the month of January.  And, Miners Bank is matching 100% of donations!

Our Awards

Miners Bank has been recognized as one of the best small business lenders in the country by Banking Grades, a website that provides grades for banks on their commitment to small business lending.  The site is operated by MultiFunding, a small business advisory firm.  “One of the biggest challenges that small businesses face is access to capital,” says Ami Kassar, CEO of MultiFunding.  “Our grading system and website helps small business owners find local banks that are friends of small business - Banking Grades (”

Banking Grades is a proprietary online tool that grades every bank on its commitment to small business lending.  Using public data from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Banking Grades compares the amount of a bank’s deposits to the number of loans that bank has made to small businesses.  These loans are $1,000,000 or less.  “This is a very objective grade.  It’s all about the data.  Based on their lending record, Miners Bank has shown that it is committed to helping small business.  It is making loans to small businesses,” explains Kassar.

Phoenix Bancorp, Inc., the holding company of Miners Bank was recognized by the Lehigh Valley Business and presenting sponsor, ParenteBeard as one of the Greater Lehigh Valley’s inaugural Fastest Growing Companies.  The Fastest Growing Companies awards program honors the Greater Lehigh Valley’s most dynamic businesses who progressively contribute to the success of the region's economic growth and stability. The top 25 companies were honored on October 16, 2012 at the Agri-Plex Expo Center in Allentown, PA.

"We are pleased to accept this recognition as one of the Fastest Growing Companies in the Greater Lehigh Valley, our organization is focused on helping our customers and growth is the result of that relationship.  This recognition is a reflection of our outstanding efforts and achievements over the past several years," said George H. Groves, President and Chief Executive Officer of Miners Bank.

"This recognition is further validation of the strides Miners Bank has made to benefit small businesses and the residents of the communities in which we operate," said David Snyder, Chief Lending Officer of Miners Bank.  

Small Businesses

Miners Bank offers a variety of products and services to support business owners.  Ask any small business owner and they’ll tell you that one of their most important assets in short supply is their TIME. The demands of running a business are never-ending.  It is for that reason Miners Bank assembled a suite of products designed to help small businesses manage their cash in the most efficient manner possible. 

Using a combination of Internet-based applications and other technologies, the services provide the three most important aspects of managing a businesses’ cash; speed the collection of funds, control the disbursement of funds and provide real-time information about those funds.  For example, the Cash Manager product allows business owners to get up-to-the-minute information about their accounts, including balances and transactions. 

Businesses can use the same service to transfer funds to and from their accounts, or set up pre-defined instructions with Miners Bank to perform certain transfers automatically.  Another example includes the ability to initiate electronic payments to vendors or employees, or to electronically collect payments from customers.  One of the most popular services gives businesses the ability to deposit paper checks to their accounts using the Internet, without ever having to make a trip to the Bank.

Miners Bank recognizes that every small business is unique, and the management of their cash is equally unique.  Let Miners Bank show you how our services can help your business better manage and deploy your cash while giving you back some of that equally important asset; your TIME. 

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